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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Robert Tressell

1. 00 – Preface
2. 01 – Chapter 1, Part 1
3. 02 – Chapter 1, Part 2
4. 03 – Chapter 2, Part 1
5. 04 – Chapter 2, Part 2
6. 05 – Chapter 3, Part 1
7. 06 – Chapter 3, Part 2
8. 07 – Chapter 4
9. 08 – Chapter 5
10. 09 – Chapter 6, Part 1
11. 10 – Chapter 6, Part 2
12. 11 – Chapter 7
13. 12 – Chapter 8
14. 13 – Chapter 9
15. 14 – Chapter 10
16. 15 – Chapter 11
17. 16 – Chapter 12
18. 17 – Chapter 13
19. 18 – Chapter 14
20. 19 – Chapter 15, Part 1
21. 20 – Chapter 15, Part 2
22. 21 – Chapter 16
23. 22 – Chapter 17
24. 23 – Chapter 18
25. 24 – Chapter 19
26. 25 – Chapter 20
27. 26 – Chapter 21
28. 27 – Chapter 22
29. 28 – Chapter 23
30. 29 – Chapter 24
31. 30 – Chapter 25, Part 1
32. 31 – Chapter 25, Part 2
33. 32 – Chapter 25, Part 3
34. 33 – Chapter 26
35. 34 – Chapter 27
36. 35 – Chapter 28
37. 36 – Chapter 29
38. 37 – Chapter 30
39. 38 – Chapter 31
40. 39 – Chapter 32
41. 40 – Chapter 33
42. 41 – Chapter 34
43. 42 – Chapter 35
44. 43 – Chapter 36
45. 44 – Chapter 37
46. 45 – Chapter 38
47. 46 – Chapter 39
48. 47 – Chapter 40
49. 48 – Chapter 41
50. 49 – Chapter 42
51. 50 – Chapter 43, Part 1
52. 51 – Chapter 43, Part 2
53. 52 – Chapter 43, Part 3
54. 53 – Chapter 44, Part 1
55. 54 – Chapter 44, Part 2
56. 55 – Chapter 45, Part 1
57. 56 – Chapter 45, Part 2
58. 57 – Chapter 45, Part 3
59. 58 – Chapter 45, Part 4
60. 59 – Chapter 46
61. 60 – Chapter 47
62. 61 – Chapter 48
63. 62 – Chapter 49
64. 63 – Chapter 50
65. 64 – Chapter 51
66. 65 – Chapter 52
67. 66 – Chapter 53
68. 67 – Chapter 54
69. 68 – Appendix

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Summary

Clearly frustrated at the refusal of his contemporaries to recognise the iniquity of society, Tressell’s cast of hypocritical Christians, exploitative capitalists and corrupt councillors provide a backdrop for his main target — the workers who think that a better life is “not for the likes of them”. Hence the title of the book; Tressell paints the workers as “philanthropists” who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters.The hero of the book, Frank Owen, is a socialist who believes that the capitalist system is the real source of the poverty he sees all around him. In vain he tries to convince his fellow workers of his world view, but finds that their education has trained them to distrust their own thoughts and to rely on those of their “betters”. Much of the book consists of conversations between Owen and the others, or more often of lectures by Owen in the face of their jeering; this was presumably based on Tressell’s own experiences.(Summary by Tadhg)